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Second Beta of iOS 5.0.1 in Testing, iPhone 4S Battery and Security Fixes

Apple is reportedly working hard to release the iOS 5.0.1 update as soon as possible, with the second beta version of the update being made available to iOS developers on Friday just a few days after the first, Apple Insider (opens in new tab)reports.

One of the main issues Apple intends to address is a software glitch that has affected the battery life of the iPhone 4S as well as previous models since iOS 5 was released a few weeks ago.

When the first beta of iOS 5.0.1 was delivered last week, many developers reported problems loading it and error messages which incorrectly indicated their devices were unsuitable for the update. As a result, some developers advised others to stay away from the beta as it was not a stable version.

Now Apple has made available a second beta version of the update. This second build is labelled "9A404" and developers can download it from the special section on Apple's website or as an over-the-air update for those already running the first iOS 5.0.1 beta.

Along with the battery life Apple's newest operating system update is also meant to contain security improvements (such as for the smart cover vulnerability), and resolve bugs with Documents in the Cloud. Also, Australian and Scottish users, are discontented that Siri has problems recognising their accents, and will hoping the iOS update might solve this.

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